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thanks for watching. good night. the u.s. calls on north korea to refrain from fuelling tensions after pyongyang carriess out another missile launch live in doha. also on the program live in doha. also on the program
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>> they're putting them on the daughter water, throwing them out tens turns to the tens of thousands in jails in the talks in geneva the u.s. says north korea has fired two ballistic missiles into the east sea. south korea's military says one of the missiles flew 800 kilometers before crashing into the sea on friday. it came a day after sanctions on north korea for hydrogen bomb test and rocket launch. south korea has also responded to the latest launch by its neighbor. >> translation: north korea should focus on improving the north korean people's quality of life. these actions are not good for
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themselves and development of relationship between us. our government is well prepared for these kinds of provocations we have this latest update. >> reporter: the launch happened just after first light with reports suggesting two missiles were fired east on the korean peninsula between carry and japan landing about 800 kilometers. this compares with a similar firing that was carried out last week. the missiles used were short range missiles. these appear to be medium-range missiles. it appears that they're ratcheting up the threat level. it is likely to get a strong response from to being yoe. there are parts of-- tokyo. we can expect a strong response from beijing. there is increasing alarm in china of what they see as the growing instability on the korean peninsula and also frustration at their waning
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influence over north korea in trying to pull them back from carrying out these kinds of tests. for the international community, if they were wondering whether the latest sanctions imposed on north korea were going get them to change their ways, then now they seem to have their answer the political crisis in brazil is deepening. a federal judge has blocked the controversial move by brazil's president to appoint her predecessor and mentor as chief of staff. police used tear gas outside congress in the capital of brasilia. details have taken place over dilma rousseff appointment of lula da silva. they see it as an attempt to protect him from prosecution in an upcoming case >> translation: this was the moment president dilma rousseff would pacify the country and turn things around. her popular being formally
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appointed chief of her cabinet. it didn't last long. >> reporter: president dilma rousseff didn't let the engineers get in the way. she called government supporters great brazilians. >> translation: welcome to lula da silva. i count on the experience of him, i count on his identity, the identity that he has with this country, with the people of this country. i count on this. >> reporter: outside the presidential palace anti-government protesters clashed with lula da silva supporters. both sides frustrated and angry at the many different and contradictory turns the country's politics have taken. the demonstrations are not limited to the capital. for the second day in a row, thousands took to the streets in
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the cities across the country. tired of corruption and their politicians. >> reporter: despite the masstive protests, dilma rousseff is determined to press on. she says the protests are part of a healthy democracy and she is doing what is best as the due lee elected president. members of the lower house plan to make it difficult for her to hold on to her seat, fast-tracking impeachment proceedings for his fall miss magt-- fiscal mismanagement. she hoped that having lula da silva in her corner would shore up the government. nothing is calming here. the country is reeling from an investigation into the national oil company petrobras and suffering the worst recession in decades. people are unhappy and they're
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determined to be heard e.u. leaders have agreed that a proposal to be offered to turkey to stem the flow of refugees into europe. details haven't been releed yet, but here is what has been discussed. the most controversial proposal is to send migrants arriving in fwra greece back to turkey. for on one returned, one asylum secretary year will be settled in the e.u. also 6.7 billion dollars. they want visa free travel as well. it also wants negotiations for its own membership of the e.u. to be restarted. >> it has been a long day of negotiations between all 28 e.u. leaders after a very long day it looks like now a final agreement has been reached. a document will now be presented
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to the turkish prime minister who arrives here on friday morning. if he is happy with that document, all 28 members will again be invited for further negotiations. this comes after several serious sticking points have been overcome, particularly when it came to the figure, the sum of money that turkey have requested, a figure of 6.7 billion dollars to help deal with the return of refugees to turkey, an easing also when it came to requests from turkey to allow for a relaxation in visa requirements for turkish nationalists who want to visit schengen too. it looks like as early as june that visa conditions could be slackened to allow that to take place. it is a significant step forward for the e.u. and a positive martin o'malley when it comes to easing what has been an
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incredibly critical refugee crisis that has driven a wedge between several states syria's main turkish group pyd has declared a federal region unifying the area it controls in the north of syria. it would include three enclaves near the turkish border. it was made. the syrian government and opposition have rejected it warning against splitting up the country. the u.n. special envoy to syria says the situation has been calm on the ground. staffan de mistura has been meeting with the main syrian opposition in geneva. he is outlining the progress that has been made. >> during the last three days surprisingly calm, according to the report of everyone, including those who have access to additional information.
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there have been a few incidents and at least three people killed, sadly, and one life is lost is too many. when you are comparing to what there used to be in particular in the last three days these have been noticeable in the task force staffan de mistura says both sides in the syrian war are holding detainees, but the numbers are way higher on the government side. activists say tens of thousands are being held. >> reporter: near the top of the agenda for the main opposition block at the geneva talks, the release of detainees. they organized a conference detailing the inhuman conditions facing prisoners of the bashar al-assad regime. reporters were told-- this woman told her her brother was jailed and then executed >> he was in prison for two years and two months. they killed him there >> reporter: when you listen to
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the whole story, you begin to realise the appalling brutality and suffering involved. he was a judge and arrested after he came to visit her in jail. she was imprisoned and tortured in 2012 as a peaceful activist. she said she began to envy prisoners who had lost their minds >> i saw there are a lot of men that get crazy. we used to feel very jealous of them. they are happy and not knowing what was going on. i saw men die and they just pulling them on the dirty water to throw them somewhere out. >> reporter: the issue of detainees has been added to the work of the task force on humanitarian issues led by janegeland. >> nothing would be more important to get out some
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groups, in particular, women and children, and the sick and the wounded among the detainees. we're hopeful we can make progress on that issue. >> reporter: the international committee of the red cross and red crescent, the guardian of the geneva conventions, say they're willing to help arrange prisoner releases and exchanges if a deal is done. >> they have expertise and can play its role of inter need yee should the parties of the conflict reach an agreement on exchange of detainees. >> reporter: the detainee issue puts the delegation under pressure. opposition fighters have far fewer prisoners than the bashar al-assad side and the u.n. is also calling out the government on the humanitarian issue saying it's not doing enough to help get aid into six areas besieged by government forces. what's more the u.n. special envoy, staffan de mistura, says
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he wants to get down quickly to the substantial issue of political transition. diplomats tell me they believe the government delegation is stalling and wants only to talk about procedure four people have been killed and 16 injured in shelling by houthi forces in the central yemen city of taisz. fighting continued. 13 fighters were killed and 20 injured in strikes led by the saudi coalition. lots more still to come here on al jazeera. tension on the high seas. the chinese fishing boat is sunk off argentina's coast. >> reporter: i'm in texas where historic flooding has led to the evacuation of hundreds of families. we will bring you the very latest. latest.
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welcome back. a quick reminder of the top stories. the u.s. says north korea has fired two ballistic missiles in the sea of the japan. it comes a day after new sanctions against pyongyang. south korea and japan have both condemned the launch. protests in brazil continue for a second night after the appointment of lula da silva as chief of staff. the move has been seen as attempting to protect him in prosecution in corruption claims. a proposal has been offered to
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turkey to stem the flows of refugees into europe. it will include access free section for turkey refugees left stranded by the closures are being urged to move to organized camps but many remain on the border. >> reporter: 13,000 refugees are stranded here. officials from the support office encourage them to relocate. they're told the only option for them is to seek asylum officially. this is one of the officials >> since october 2015, which is the operational date, about 780 people have been relocated. >> reporter: hope is what makes
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these people trek to this muddy camp, hope of going further north on the refugee trail to reach european countries. it is the force that propels them like almost every refugee past camps that have been hastily recollected in greece. this man is losing patience. he has been in the camp with his children for four weeks now. >> translation: we registered for relocation. they did an interview with us on skype, but nothing came of it. it's all lies. a pure waste of time >> reporter: the chinese activist has come to the situation for himself. he also faults the problem. >> there is a delay. it doesn't really have the fundamental belief. people here are victimized by the war.
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the program makes them bleed longer >> reporter: aid workers say they're they're over whelmed. they're wondering why it's taking so long for europe to respond >> more refugees are arriving and they're desperate and greece is struggling. we as humanitarians are stretched as well. we need to see a common strategy. >> reporter: for now the people of this camp continue to wait hoping that the situation will change. greece with all its economic problems, risks turning into a refugee prison with 44,000 people stranded here already, a number that keeps going up every day demonstrations are continuing in per ewe-- peru against a presidential front runner. thousands were protesting again
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her saying she gave out gifts while campaigning china is demanding an investigation into what happened to one of its ships. argentina says they attacked a ship that was in its waters. >> reporter: out on the high assess. 200 miles from the coast this vessel was shot at while trying to fish illegally in argentina tine-- argentine waters. >> translation: argentina alerted the ships according to international standardsment we followed it for a day, but the ship tried to escape and tried to hit the naval boat. that's when it started fighting. >> reporter: what happened later is a matter of dispute. even though the navy said the ship sank after it was fired
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upon, but the sailors were rescued. china has demanded a full investigation. this man says he has doubts whether the fishing vessel sank because it was fired at. >> translation: the weaponry used by the navy is not strong enough to sink a ship. we have seen in the past some captains would rather sink the ship than be captured >> reporter: the incident is one of the many that have happened in the last years as fishing boats from china and other countries have tried to violate argentina tine-- argentine maritime borders. this time it is said the boat tried to hip their ship and that makes this incident different. >> translation: this time the captain is being detained because the ship tried to hit the argentina navy ship. in most cases the ships are captured and the sailors are repa tree eighted to china. >> reporter: this is what
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happened to this ship. it was captured nine months ago and is very similar to the one that was sunk a few days ago in the sea. you can see the lights that are used to attract the skwidz, but the deteriorated conditions that many of these boats are in. >> reporter: the authorities believe that the boats sent to the waters are the cheapest in the fleet. they cross into the territory in search of squid while the rest of the fleet waits outside. he says what is happening in piracy. >> translation: this is piracy. they send the boat across the water and they would rather lose it than pay a fine. >> reporter: the investigation into the incident is ongoing. for many it is just another example of the consequences of illegal fishing around the worlworld the attempts of 43 missing
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mexican students who disappeared in 2014 say authorities are delaying a new probe into the case. the group's lawyer says prosecutors are deliberately delaying investigations. access to some involved in the killings have been blocked so they cabinet be interviewed donald trump has recently moved closer to winning the republican party's nomination. he has been critical of mexico. leaders there are increasingly speaking up. >> reporter: reaction in mexico of donald trump's campaign has been varied. there have been protests. >> when mexico sends its people. >> reporter: this is all in the way of his repeated comments that mexico sends rapists and criminals to the u.s. and his
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threat to force mexico to pay for a border wall, something leaders here say they will definitely not do, but now there is growing concern in the government about what a donald trump presidency would actually mean for u.s. mexico relations. there's this from the president on national media. >> translation: i condemn his positions. veng, i'm not in favor of them. -- of course. >> reporter: criticism is coming from all corners of the globe. russia says a new attack ad demonizes the country and media calls him a clown. global times took a shot at him comparing him to mosul ine and hitler who both came to power through elections. here in mexico leaders are so worried that u.s. vice president joe buy deny-- biden tried to allay fears >> i feel obliged to apologise
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for some of what my political colleagues have said, about mexico and the mexican people >> reporter: earlier this month, the congress voted unanimously to ask the government to ban donald trump from the country, very unlikely, of course. it's trade that concerns leaders here more than anything else. the president is saying he is weighing the risks. beyond the racism, the real concern is the fear of a trade war. if donald trump were to become president and impose tariffs, that could spell trouble for countries. the fear is all this heated rhetoric could cost both countries billions of dollars if trump were to actually become president large parts of the u.s.
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states of texas and louisianna have been evacuated due to the flooding. waters have reached levels not seen in more than a century. >> reporter: rescue workers gather in the early morning fog. this is a community now entirely submerged after days of rains. most of this water came from an overflowing reservoir but the river burst it banks making this the most severe flooding in more than a hundred years >> i've lived through droughts here, fires, hurricanes but this is the worst. >> reporter: the only way into the community now is by boat. the extent of the damage and the depth of the waters is all too obvious. homes, cars and businesses now lie partially submerged in deep brown flood waters. it has been more than a week
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since the flooding beganment you can see on the fence line behind me that the flood waters are slowly beginning to recede. to give you an idea of how extensive the damage is here and how long it will be before families get back to their homes, this is a quiet residential street. now it looks more like a river >> we will be here for a little while so we might as well have some fun with it >> reporter: hundreds of families have been evacuated to shelters across the states. there have been no reported deaths or casualties. those waiting to get back to their homes is uncertainty >> a lot of cleaning to be done. it's going to be a mess. it's going to be a mess. i don't know what to expect. i'm just praying for the best. >> reporter: it may be days before these waters fully recede and weeks before the full extent of the damage is known. residents here have lived through floods before and most have managed to grab their most precious possessions.
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it will be a language lo long and ardous process there has been an outbreak in lebanon. the rubbish crisis is behind rising rates of illness and could lead to cancer. >> reporter: for the past few months this man's routine has been the same. first he organises the nine medications he has to take throughout the day and then sprays the windows outside his apartment. it is to prevent himself getting sick. he spent three days in hospital earlier this year with a severe case of gastro. doctors told him it was caused by breathing in airborne germs released by the huge garbage dump that was been growing unplanned just outside his building. the trash here is several metres high and stretches for at least
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a kilometer. >> translation: it's so did dirty and smelly. it's like living in a graveyard. all my neighbours are suffering too. their doors are always closed. they never recover from their illnesses. >> reporter: lebanon's trash crisis began eight months ago after the mainland fill reached capacity and was closed without a replacement site being found. since then health officials have been reporting an increase in gastric and respitory infections. the air contamination in this area is 400 times higher than that of lobe non-'s industrial zones. during days when waste was being burnt, researchers found that the air contained 2300% more
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substances capable of causing cancer. >> based on this, we found that the amount - the number of people who will be prone to cancer raised from 1 person per million to 18 people per million. >> reporter: the government has promised to reopen the closed landfill site and set up two new sites in a bid to end the crisis, but progress may be slow amid general political inertia. the country has been without a president for over two years because of political infighting. the measures are not enough. they want a more permanent solution. for people like this man any steps are welcome so long as the rubbish is taken away sometime soon a palestinian boy who survived a fire bombing by israeli settlors has met his football hero. he was greeted by some of the really madrid players on
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thursday including rinaldo. palestinians had campaigned for months on social media to persuade the team to meet him. there is the website, remember? die. this el nino is larger than the 1991-1998. >> 20 years ago we talked about it being destructive. in california. they are asking for it. >> reporter: what will el nino